Great white shark jumps into NSW fisherman’s boat

Rescuers who rushed to help a NSW fisherman after a shark jumped into his boat say the 2.

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7-metre great white was “thrashing around and destroying everything in sight” when they arrived at the scene.

Fisherman Terry Selwood, 73, was fishing off Evans Head on the NSW north coast on Saturday when the 200-kilogram shark suddenly leapt aboard his 4.5-metre boat.

“He came right over the top of the motor and then dropped onto the floor,” Mr Selwood told ABC television on Monday.

“I looked over and I thought ‘oh, a bloody shark! Well I’ll be buggered!'”

Mr Selwood was knocked over and left sprawling on the floor of the boat. His arm was deeply lacerated.

Rescuers rushed to help a NSW fisherman after a great white shark jumped into his boat. (AAP)Genevieve Francis

“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gunwale,” Mr Selwood said.

“I was losing a fair amount of blood, I was stunned, I couldn’t register what happened and then I thought ‘oh my God I’ve got to get out of here’.”

Evans Head Marine Rescue skipper Bill Bates and his crew responded to his radio call.

“It was a bit of an adrenaline rush, we had to get there at top speed because we didn’t know the extent of his injuries,” Mr Bates told AAP.

“He was standing on the gunwale, covered in blood. We got alongside, got him on board and began treating him for trauma and shock.”

Mr Bates said the shark occupied the whole boat.

“It was thrashing around, destroying everything in sight,” he said.

The rescue squad left the anchored boat and shark to take Mr Selwood back to shore and hand him over to paramedics before returning to retrieve the boat and shark.

Among a crowd of onlookers at the harbour, Genevieve Francis saw the boat come back in.

“It was the tiniest little boat, with blood all over it,” Ms Francis told AAP.

“I looked inside and, holy crap, I was stunned. I didn’t know if (the shark) was still alive.

“It still had Terry’s seat in its mouth. It was just massive. It stunk as well.”

The shark was so big it had to removed from the boat with a forklift the following day.

Mr Selwood said there was no way his 30-pound hand line could have pulled the animal into his boat.

After fishing for close to 60 years he’s stumped for a reason why the shark would breach.

“I didn’t have a burly out, which does attract sharks,” he told the ABC.

“I was using two little bits of blue pilchard to fish for snapper on the bottom of the ocean, but that line was straight under the boat, not out the back where he came from.”

Mr Selwood was discharged from hospital on the weekend.

The Department of Primary Industries confirmed the shark was a great white and took the specimen for an autopsy to confirm its age and gender.

Vladimir Putin is a greater threat than IS, says John McCain

In an interview with ABC’s 7.

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30 during a visit to Australia, US Republican Senator John McCain said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was a greater threat than IS and more sanctions should be imposed upon the Kremlin.

“He is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS,” the former US presidential candidate and former prisoner of war said.

“ISIS can do terrible things, and I worry a lot about what is happening to the Muslim faith… but it is the Russians who are trying, who tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election.

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“We need to have increased sanctions and hopefully when we come back from our recess the Senate will move forward with sanctions on Russia and enact other penalties for Russian behaviour.”  

Mr McCain criticised US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a top White House advisor, over reports he sought a secret communications channel with Russia, describing the situation as “more and more and more bizarre”.

“In fact, you can’t make it up,” he said

“I don’t like it… I know some administration officials are saying it is standard procedure.

“I don’t think it is standard procedure prior to the inauguration of a president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position.”

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On North Korea’s missiles

Mr McCain said China was “key” to diffusing the nuclear threat North Korea poses. Earlier on Monday, North Korea fired another ballistic missile, which landed in Japan’s economic zone.

He said he didn’t think it was “acceptable” to aim a missile at Australia with a nuclear weapon on it “and depend on our ability to counter it with an anti-missile capability”.

But he said China could “restrain North Korean behaviour”.

“Because the Chinese control basically the North Korean economy.

“This is an impending crisis and it requires all of us working together to diffuse this crisis and make sure… that North Korea is never in a position where they can threaten the United States of America or Australia or any of our allies with a nuclear weapon.”

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Key Crow wants to embrace AFL hype

Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins has implored his teammates to “live in the real world” and embrace the hype of Friday night’s AFL blockbuster against Geelong.

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Jenkins says the fixture between his ladder-leading Crows and the third-placed Cats should be hyped to the hilt.

“Just live in the real world – it’s going to be a big game so lets embrace it, there’s no point shying away from the fact,” Jenkins told reporters on Monday.

“There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s exciting. You would rather be playing first v third on Friday night than 17th v 18th on Sunday night.”

Jenkins conceded his attitude differed from most AFL players who try to publicly downplay the magnitude of important games.

“I hope we build this game up a fair bit. I’m really keen to get down there and get stuck into those guys,” he said of the trip to Geelong, where the Crows haven’t won since 2003.

“They play that ground extremely well and we have had indifferent form down there – it’s time for us to go down there and play a really good game and show that we’re a real contender.

“We have obviously shown our best football is as good as anyones.

“But to go down on someone else’s home ground, another contender, and win, would be a great statement.

“Athletes, competitors, enjoy when games are built up and games are huge.”

Jenkins even went as far as hoping key Crow midfielder Rory Sloane was pitted against his great mate, ex-Adelaide and current Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield.

“We all would love that,” Jenkins said.

“Those two boys would love nothing more than to butt heads for four quarters.”

Lindt siege families want more from police

As Tori Johnson knelt crying in front of an armed Man Haron Monis, he “deserved to have hope” that someone would save him, his mother says.

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Monis had just fired a shot after several of his hostages fled Sydney’s Lindt Cafe, and police saw that Mr Johnson had been placed on his knees.

“He was alive and he deserved, he deserved to have hope that … someone was gonna come in and save him,” his mother Rosie Connellan told ABC’s TV’s Four Corners program on Monday.

“I just can’t imagine how he felt in that time and I wish I’d been there with him.”

The 34-year-old had been shot dead by the time police entered the cafe in the early hours of December 16, 2014, and 38-year-old barrister Katrina Dawson was fatally wounded by police bullet fragments.

NSW Coroner Michael Barnes last week handed down his findings into the siege by Monis, who was also killed at the end of the 17-hour ordeal, concluding that police acted too late.

Mr Johnson and Ms Dawson’s families have mostly supported the coroner’s findings but are still angry some in police leadership refused to concede mistakes during the inquest.

The families have previously criticised the siege response in submissions to the inquiry, with Ms Dawson’s family saying police confidence in the contain and negotiate strategy was misplaced, and they relied too heavily on a psychiatrist who “grossly underestimated” Monis’ capacity for violence.

On Four Corners, Mr Johnson’s partner Thomas Zinn said he questioned whether two senior commanders in charge at the end of the siege should remain in their current roles.

Both families welcomed NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller’s admission that he thought police should have launched a pre-emptive rescue earlier in the day.

Ms Connellan said Mr Fuller’s statement gave her hope.

“It’s amazing isn’t it? That just that little acknowledgement from Fuller that they should have gone in, to me has been probably the most hopeful,” she said.

However, an earlier Commonwealth submission to the inquest said that sometimes not even the death of a hostage would prompt action by police.

“If, for example, the circumstances indicate both that a second death is not imminent (there may be credible information that hostages are to be killed once an hour) and that an emergency action would be highly likely to cause multiple deaths (there may be credible information that a bomb is present and will be used) then it may be better to pursue other strategies,” the Commonwealth submission said.

In other circumstances an emergency action might be warranted by something less than death or serious injury, the submission said.

MI5 reviewing intel on Manchester bomber

Britain’s MI5 has begun an internal review of how it handled intelligence on Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who was reportedly known to authorities but not under active investigation.

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Interior minister Amber Rudd said on Monday the review was the “right first step” for the intelligence agency to take in the wake of the May 22 bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

MI5 is subject to scrutiny by a committee of parliament and it is highly unusual for British authorities to make public that the security service is conducting its own investigation into possible lapses.

“The review will look at what was known about Abedi, what decisions were made about the intelligence and what, if anything, could have been done differently,” according to a source speaking on condition of anonymity with Reuters news agency.

“This is a review that would seek to answer whether there are lessons to be learned from how the Security Service handled the intelligence on Abedi.”

The source said Abedi was not among the 3000 people under active investigation by MI5, although he was one of about 20,000 known to the agency, whose focus is on countering terrorism and espionage.

The BBC said MI5 was alerted at least three times to the ‘extremist views’ of Abedi, a 22-year-old who grew up in Manchester in a family of immigrants from Libya. It was not possible to confirm that report.

“This is an ongoing investigation so I’m not going to be drawn into comments on the actual man who committed this crime,” Rudd told BBC television, declining to say what was known about Abedi and when.

Last week’s attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005, was claimed by Islamic State. It drew particular revulsion because of the targeting of children – the youngest victim was just eight and nine of the others were teenagers.

Earlier on Monday, police made a 16th arrest as part of the case.

Britons head to the polls on June 8 to elect a new government, with security and police cuts having risen to the top of the political agenda since the bombing last Monday.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives have seen their poll lead cut in the wake of the attack and after a U-turn over their social care plans for the elderly.

Surveys suggest May – who as a former interior minister oversaw the police and domestic intelligence agency – might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago.

It was not clear whether the authorities became aware of Abedi during May’s tenure as interior minister between 2010 and 2016.

Stop the catfight over education: MP

An independent MP has blasted both sides of politics for the “catfight” over school funding, lamenting the impact it will have on Australian children.

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Andrew Wilkie told parliament on Monday that David Gonski’s plan for education reform had become a political plaything for Labor and the coalition.

Neither had offered up anything close to the $5 billion a year extra Gonski believed was needed to lift the national standard – now $6.5 billion with inflation.

“This place is letting our kids down and I’m appalled,” Mr Wilkie said.

The Tasmanian scolded MPs from the major parties for the “sanctimonious claptrap” during debate on the legislation, which passed the lower house after some squabble on Monday night.

“It’s disingenuous for both the government and the opposition to come in here and be so sanctimonious and have this catfight about who’s delivering the real Gonski,” he said.

“Frankly, no one is delivering the real Gonski.”

Mr Wilkie argued that if Australia could afford to double its submarine fleet, it could afford to better fund education.

“The community want the politics taken out of this.”

Fellow crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie echoed Mr Wilkie’s sentiments, saying debate on the issue had been full of half-truths.

“There’s been so much spin on this matter that it’s enough to make the most seasoned follower of politics giddy,” the Nick Xenophon Team MP said.

Ms Sharkie, however, believes the Turnbull government’s plan is a step in the right direction.

She voted in favour of the draft laws but indicated her party colleagues will await more details from a Senate inquiry before finalising their stance.

It remains to be seen whether the government will have the numbers to get the proposal through parliament, with the Greens also not firm on a position.

Party leader Richard Di Natale said the legislation, as it stands, has far too many problems and was not supported by Greens MP Adam Bant in the lower house.

Asked whether he was open to negotiation in the Senate, he told Sky News on Monday: “Unless you … take this back to the original Gonski funding formula we can’t support it.”

Labor argues the funding model represents a $22 billion cut, while the government claims it’s a $18.6 billion increase over 10 years.

“This is real funding, not those fantasy figures that have been bandied around by the other side,” junior minister Michael Sukkar told parliament.

Port’s Dixon moves on from AFL brain-fade

Port Adelaide forward Charlie Dixon has rapidly rebounded from his costly AFL brain-fade, teammate Brad Ebert says.

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Dixon took longer than the prescribed 30 seconds to take a shot at goal when Port held a three-point lead against Geelong last Thursday night.

Dixon was called to play on, Port bumbled the scoring chance and Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield soon kicked the match-winning goal.

Dixon’s was roundly criticised for his lack of awareness but teammate Ebert said the Power attacker had moved on from his error.

“He has been good. He rebounded really well,” Ebert told reporters on Monday.

“He was obviously really disappointed straight afterwards. And since then he has been able to put it in the past and move on.

“He was disappointed about it but there’s nothing you can do about it now.”

Ebert, who plays his 200th AFL game against Hawthorn on Thursday night, said it was the first time had seen such an incident.

“To happen at that time was interesting,” he said.

“But the rule is there and it’s in place and I guess Charlie will speed up next time.”

Ebert said there was also some onus on Dixon’s teammates to offer help.

“As the guy who takes the mark and is going back for the shot, you do get focused and you probably go into your routine which you feel is a set amount of time,” he said.

“So the other guys around probably could have been a bit more aware.”

Port’s narrow loss in Geelong was the club’s fourth defeat of the season, all against likely finalists – Adelaide, Greater Western Sydney, West Coast and the Cats.

But Ebert said the eighth-placed Power (five wins, four losses) were in contention in all those games, offering heart the club wasn’t far off the finals pace.

“We as a team are trying to grow and build across the season and so far our losses have been disappointing but we are showing improvement,” he said.

“We really just need to make sure that we can take that to the next step.”

Price and Pearce bury the hatchet

NSW legend Ray Price has buried the hatchet with playmaker Mitchell Pearce after a chance meeting in Blues camp during the week.

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Captain Boyd Cordner has revealed how there were a few awkward moments when he and other members of the Blues staff were having lunch with the Parramatta great when Pearce walked in.

Before coach Laurie Daley recalled Pearce as NSW halfback, Price savaged the Sydney Roosters’ No.7 during an interview in which he said he had worn out his welcome in the sky blue jersey.

However Cordner said there was no lingering tension and Roosters teammate Pearce had moved on.

“It was a bit funny, we were at lunch and Pearcey walked in,” Cordner said.

“He said hello and Ray goes ‘I’m not here to pester you’. It was funny.”

Cordner said there was no ill feeling between Price and Pearce or his NSW teammates.

“That’s his opinion and he’s one of the greats of the game, so he’s entitled to say that,” Cordner said.

“I don’t know if Pearcey took it with a grain of salt but he’s professional and he’s confident in his form and ability at the moment and that he deserves to be here.”

Pearce has a forgettable record of four wins from 15 Origin games for NSW and has failed to win a series in his six attempts.

The 28-year-old has looked like a new player this year and is thriving under the tutelage of NSW great and Roosters adviser Andrew Johns.

Cordner said there had been a noticeable change in Pearce’s game, particularly in the big moments which included kicking a field-goal in golden point to beat St George Illawarra on Anzac Day.

“I know how much respect Pearcey has for Joey after seeing their relationship and them working together,” Cordner said.

“Pearcey has always been a great player but there’s been things that are missing for him to take that next step.

“I think he’s learnt that and that’s got a lot to do with him working closely with Joey.”

Japan condemns North Korea’s ‘continued provocations’ after missile

It was the North’s third ballistic missile test in as many weeks and the 12th this year – carried out in defiance of UN sanctions warnings and US threats of possible military action.

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US military monitors said the short-range missile flew for six minutes, while Japan said it fell into its exclusive economic zone, extending 200 nautical miles from the coast.

The launch went ahead despite tough talk from US President Donald Trump, who promised last week at the G7 summit that the “big problem” of North Korea “will be solved”.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swiftly condemned the test and vowed concerted action with its US ally.

“We will never tolerate North Korea’s continued provocations that ignore repeated warnings by the international community,” Abe told reporters.

“As agreed during the G7 summit, the North Korean problem is the international community’s top priority. In order to deter North Korea, we will take concrete action with the United States.”

The North has been stepping up efforts towards its ultimate goal — developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental US.

Monday’s test also marked the second time this year that a North Korean missile fell provocatively close to its neighbour Japan. South Korea’s military said the Scud-type missile travelled for 450 km (280 miles).

Trump says North Korea shows “great disrespect” to China with missile

US President Donald Trump said North Korea showed disrespect to its major ally China after it fired a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast.

“North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile … but China is trying hard!” Trump said in a post on Twitter.

Conflict ‘catastrophic’ 

Despite Trump’s strident warnings, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in an interview which aired Sunday before the launch that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic”.

“The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers within range of one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, which is the capital of South Korea,” he told CBS News.

“This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea. And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russia as well.

“But the bottom line is, it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat, if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”

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Mattis declined to say what kind of action from Pyongyang would constitute a “red line” for Washington, saying the administration needs “political manoeuvre room.”

The latest launch demonstrates the North’s determination to secure more leverage in any future negotiations with the US, said Cho Han-Bum, analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

“The North, despite its series of provocations, has not crossed the ultimate red line, which would be staging another nuclear test or a successful ICBM test,” Cho said.

“Today’s launch is the North’s way of saying to the world, ‘It wouldn’t be easy to make us suspend our weapons programmes even if you manage to pressure me into negotiations’,” he said.

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South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-In ordered a meeting of the national security council to assess the launch, which came a day after North Korea said its leader Kim Jong-Un had overseen a test of a new anti-aircraft weapons system.

The South condemned the missile test as a “grave threat” and a challenge to Moon, who advocates dialogue with the North in a break from his conservative predecessors.

“That the North repeated such provocations after the inauguration of our new leadership… is a direct challenge to our demand for peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” the foreign ministry said.

The missile launches, and Pyongyang’s threat to stage its sixth nuclear test, have prompted calls for tougher UN sanctions and a warning from Trump that military intervention was an option under consideration.

Following North Korea’s test-firing earlier this month of what analysts said was its longest-range rocket yet, the UN Security Council vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang.

But China, the North’s main trade partner and ally, has made it clear that the push for talks – and not more sanctions – is the priority.

The US has said it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea, but only if it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

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Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia, as the Trump administration seeks to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin.

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Speaking on Sunday’s news shows, Kelly said he didn’t know whether the reports by The Associated Press and other news outlets involving Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, were true.

But Kelly said such back-channel communications don’t bother him and would not be harmful to US security interests.

“It’s both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable,” Kelly said.

“Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing.”

Congressional Democrats demanded to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed secret back-channel, saying his security clearance may need to be revoked.

But Trump immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets Sunday, calling them “fabricated lies”.

Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said it was “obviously very concerning” if a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications during the transition period with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in the 2016 US presidential election.

Schiff said the government needed to “get to the bottom” of the matter and urged a review of Kushner’s security clearance “to find out whether he was truthful”.

“If not, then there’s no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance,” Schiff said.

The AP and other news organizations reported that Kushner in December proposed a back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

Kushner spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about facilitating sensitive discussions to explore the incoming administration’s options with Russia as it developed its Syria policy.

The intent was to connect Trump’s chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, a person familiar with the discussions told the AP.

The person wasn’t authorised to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians and at odds with US policy during Syria’s long civil war.

The White House did not acknowledge the meeting or Kushner’s attendance until March. At the time, a White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, described the latest allegations involving Kushner as “serious” and called for a thorough investigation.

“He needs to answer for what was happening at the time,” Booker said.

“What’s worrying me are the patterns we’re seeing. So one is this administration not talking about our values, cosying up to authoritarian leaders. And the other pattern we have is just a continuous drumbeat of inappropriate contacts with the Russians.”

Lawyers for Kushner said he was willing to talk with federal and congressional investigators about his foreign contacts and his work on the Trump campaign.

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive. Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as “fake news.”